That internationalism is the guiding belief of most American Jews. And so they endorse Barack Obama (by a 2-1 margin in some polls) despite the fact that Obama and his advisors are dangerously anti-Israel. They continue to consider concessions in the face of terrorism. And they cry out, hopefully, for the intervention of the international community.
The irony is that modern internationalism -- not modern nationalism -- is the greatest current threat to Jews worldwide. The United Nations, which presumably respects the rights of all nations equally, is an anti-Israel tool wielded by Muslim countries. The European Union has pressed Israel to cave to Arab terrorism. And Barack Obama, internationalist, will stand alongside the United Nations and the European Union.
The solution for Jews is simple: Embrace nationalism. There is nothing wrong with nationalism, as long as that nationalism supports the right ideas. The nationalistic American is not the nationalistic World War II-era German -- the patriotic American stands up for free speech and freedom of religion. And the nationalistic Jew is not the nationalistic Arab -- the nationalistic Jew stands up for freedom of worship and traditional morality.
American Jews should embrace their Jewish nationhood while embracing American patriotism. The American nation includes members of every religion, and for good reason: The same moral nationalism that animates Judaism animates American patriotism. Jews must embrace Jewish values -- including group identity based on shared moral values -- in order to embrace the same American values. The American Jewish patriot must be a Jewish patriot in order to be an American patriot.
Jews have a long history of persecution. And that persecution has tested their faith in the Creator. But faith in man is far more tenuous than faith in God. For Jews, rejecting God in favor of international man is not merely a false hope -- it is a dangerous prescription for the ultimate death of Judaism and Jews individually.
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